“I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a business woman there isn’t a single day where I don’t use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be.” – Nicki Minaj
There is someone in everyone’s life that influences him or her tremendously. This person could be a friend, family member, a musician, an actor; anyone. For me it is Onika Tanya Maraj, known as Nicki Minaj. Nicki is such an inspiration to stay true to yourself and be to be different, no matter how people perceive you or what they say. At the same time, she preaches to work hard, to never be lazy, to never complain about hard work because it always pays off and always puts an emphasis on how important it is to stay in school.
Nicki has been on a very long and difficult journey. Despite growing up in a troubled home, with her drug addict father and struggling mother looking after both her and her little brother, Nicki went on to graduate from LaGuardia High School in Manhattan where she studied singing and acting. She overcame the many obstacles and came out on top in the male dominated music industry. I was reading one of her many magazine articles (July 2010 issue of the XXL magazine) and she gave a brief overview of her life up to that point. I was surprised to learn that as a teenager she struggled with her self-confidence. However coming into the music business, Nicki changed herself and over the years she realized that “the goal is not to want their acceptance and the goal is to just do you”. She is a strong, confident woman and a leader in her business. She does not see herself as being anybody but herself; Nicki is a woman that could never be defined. Nicki once said, “Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.” I interpreted this as, stay true to yourself and never let anyone tell you who you are or aren’t and you can make a difference....
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